Root beer ah? Hmmm...I think osso cannot la. Beer haram kan?
You must have read about the raids conducted by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department, JAIS over the New Year weekend that ended with the arrests and charging of a number of Muslim Malaysians for offences related to alcohol consumption and khalwat. And if you are like me, a non-Muslim Malaysian you would have heaved a sigh of resignation and carried on. Such has life in Malaysia developed to be lor. But this morning I almost choked on a piece of my breakfast when I read the news story about the raids. The state executive councillor, Dr. Hasan Ali, in defending the JAIS raids said that 10 people would be charged in the Syariah Court for consuming alchohol. Okay. Muslims must not drink, I know that.
Then he went on to say that 46 others would have to undergo counselling for being present at an outlet that served alcohol!!!
WHAT THE FUCK???!!!
Is he serious? Being present in an outlet that served alcohol osso cannot ah? Then how man? What about the hard-working Muslim Malaysian flers with honest jobs in hotel bars, restaurants, our national airline, golf clubs etc. to earn a decent living for themselves and their families? Must resign is it? Or all request for transfer to the car park pondok? Eh? Wait a minute. Car park osso part of the outlet that serves alcohol what. Which reminds me. Chinese New Year is coming. And we Chinese flers do drink. Especially when the hypermarkets are selling crates of beer at laughingly low prices. Just the other day I went and stocked up on beers for the Chinese New Year and I am quite sure that the young lady at the check-out counter was Muslim. She wore a tudung even. She didn't seem to have a problem being in an outlet that sold alcohol. After all she isn't going to drink it. Okay la. Maybe she is not there anymore. Attending counselling sessions maybe?
I am very glad that I was not born a Muslim Malaysian. Otherwise I sure damn confuse one man.